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Walker Reader

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Over the last four decades, Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. She is recognized for innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. In 2014, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, mounted the first comprehensive retrospective of her work titled Civic Radar, curated by Peter Weibel and Andreas Beitin. Her five feature films—Conceiving Ada (1997), Teknolust (2003), Strange Culture (2009), !Women Art Revolution: A Secret History (2012), and Tania Libre (2017)—are all in worldwide distribution and have screened at the Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin film festivals, among others. Her art is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, SFMOMA, Tate Modern, The National Gallery of Canada, and the Walker Art Center. A new commission, a film and 3D installation titled Vertighost will open at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in December 2017.